Lavender Escape!

July 1st, 2013 by Sasha McGuire, Education Program Assistant

It’s Lavender Season, and the flowers are in full bloom!

Beautiful blooms!

Beautiful blooms!

On July 17th, come with us and escape to the quiet beauty of Woodinville Lavender. Master Gardener Tom Frei will tell us a little about all things lavender, including history, botany, selection, care and uses.

Just sit back and take it in.

Just sit back and take it in.

 

In addition, Tom will lead us on a tour of his sustainable and organic gardens, which he and his family have been working on since 2008. To top it all off, we will relax with a refreshing lavender scented cold beverage and snack!

A delicious shortbread Lavender cookie!

Don’t those lavender cookies look good?

The cost of the tour is $20, or $25 after July 10th. Register online or call (206) 685-8033.

Space is limited, so register today!

We will meet at the Woodinville Lavender Farm, in Redmond, on July 17 at 1pm . The talk and tour will last until 2:30.

More information about the farm.

All photos courtesy of Woodinville Lavender.

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A Walk in the Park

June 10th, 2013 by Sasha McGuire, Education Program Assistant

Come with us for a walk in the park…conscientious gardener

Join Dr. Sarah Reichard, UW Botanic Gardens Director, and author of The Conscientious Gardener, for a discussion of her book and a walk through Washington Park Arboretum.

Discover how routine gardening practices can harm both local and distant ecosystems and how you can manage your own garden to minimize detrimental effects on the environment. Learn how to sustainably and responsibly control pests, conserve water, and improve your soil.

Dr. Reichard has practical tips that will help you become a Conscientious Gardener!

Saturday, June 29, 9-11am

Cost: $15; $20 after June 22nd

UW Botanic Gardens
Washington Park Arboretum
Graham Visitors Center
2300 Arboretum Drive E, Seattle, 98112

Other upcoming classes:

Can you grow interesting plants in the shade?
Is there such a thing as too many plants?
What does a lavender farm look (and smell!) like?
What can you do to help your poor overgrown yard recover from an invasive takeover?
We can help!  We have the answers to all these questions and more. Stop in for one of our fascinating plant classes.

Register Online!
Or call (206) 685-8033 to register over the phone

 

Perennials: After the Shade

Carrie Becker showing off a private garden.

Carrie Becker showing off a private garden.

2-part class: Wednesday, June 19th, 7:00 – 8:30pm, and Saturday, June 22nd, 1:00 – 3:30pm
Cost: $50; $60 after June 16

Is your formerly sunny garden becoming shady with maturing trees and shrubs? Or do you have areas of existing shade? This class will teach you how to plant for shade and still have beautiful enduring plants from early spring through fall. Learn to love the shade!
Saturday’s class will be a field trip to a Northwest Seattle private (shady!)  garden.

UW Botanic Gardens
Center for Urban Horticulture
Douglas Classroom
3501 NE 41st St., Seattle, WA 98105

 

Summer Propagation

Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 7 – 8pm
Cost: Free!
( Pre-registration required.) Suggested donation ~$5 at the door.

There are a lot of good reasons to make more plants of the ones you already grow and love:  fill empty spots in your own garden, gift to friends, contribute to plant sales, maybe even just have cheap fun in your garden.  Whatever your reasons, this program will demonstrate a variety of techniques that can be used in early summer including division and cuttings as well as discuss materials and resources that will contribute to your success.  Join Master Gardener Kay Gordon as she shares experiences from her own garden.

UW Botanic Gardens
Center for Urban Horticulture
Douglas Classroom
3501 NE 41st St., Seattle, WA 98105

Lavender Farm Tour

Wednesday, July 17th from 1-2:30

Lavender in full bloom at the Woodinville Lavender farm.

Lavender in full bloom at the Woodinville Lavender farm.


Cost: $20; $25 after July 10

Master Gardener Tom Frei has been working with his wife and children to develop Woodinville Lavender since 2008. They are currently growing over 3000 plants and 25 varieties at a farm overlooking the Sammamish Valley.

Tom will discuss the history, botany, selection, care, and uses of lavender and lead us on a tour of the sustainable and organic gardens. Lavender refreshments will be provided. The 3rd week of July is the peak time for lavender blooms so don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity!

Woodinville Lavender Farm
14223 Woodinville Redmond Rd NE
Redmond WA 98052

 

Backyard Restoration

Let's get rid of the ivy!

Let’s get rid of the ivy!

Saturday, July 27, 2013, 9:30am – 2pm
Cost: $50; $60 after July 20

Want to stop your yard from being swallowed up by unsightly ivy? Tired of being scratched by thorny blackberries? Join this workshop to jump start your backyard restoration efforts. Learn the common invasive species in Seattle, how to remove and dispose of them, and how to keep them from coming back. We will also touch on good plants to replace invasive species and how to work safely on steep slopes.

UW Botanic Gardens
Center for Urban Horticulture
Douglas Classroom
3501 NE 41st, Seattle, WA 98195

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Get Outside this Year!

May 30th, 2013 by Sasha McGuire, Education Program Assistant

Looking to spend more time outside, but don’t know exactly what to do?

Come and learn at our upcoming classes, “Sharing Nature with Your Children”, and “Grow Your Own Organic Food”.

  Sharing Nature with Your Children

 

 

Kids enjoying a day at Mt. Rainier! Photo Credit Julie Luthy

Kids enjoying a day at Mt. Rainier! Photo Credit Julie Luthy

Do your kids complain about being bored all summer? Do they sit in front of the TV and watch shows and play video games all day? Do you wish that they would get out and explore the world, like you did as a kid?

Join naturalist Julie Luthy for a morning filled with fun activities and nature tidbits that will amaze you and your children.  A classroom introduction will be followed by a session of putting the ideas into action outside in the Arboretum, so dress for the weather and get ready for some innovative outdoor exploration.

If you’ve ever had difficulty getting your kids to hike, play or explore outside; don’t miss this!

Time: Saturday, June 8, from 9-11am
Graham Visitors Center at the Washington Park Arboretum
2300 Arboretum Drive E, Seattle, 98112

Cost: $35; $40 after June 2

Register Online
Or call (206)685-8033 to register over the phone!

 

 

 Grow Your Own Organic Food

Peas ready to go up the trellis.

Peas ready to go up the trellis.

 There is nothing better than a homegrown tomato, ripe, red and warm from the sun, sliced with some olive oil and salt on a bed of your own lettuce, in colors that you would never find at the grocery store! Does this sound delicious to you? You can make it all happen with the right knowledge.

Not only is homegrown food fresher, but you know exactly where it came from, and how it was grown. It’s cheaper than buying produce at the market too!

Take this class to learn the tricks of the trade, including using recycled materials, container and limited space gardening techniques, and urban pest control. You’ll be enjoying your harvest in no time!

Time: Saturday, June 8, from 1-3pm
Douglas Classroom at the Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st St., Seattle, 98195

Cost: $25; $30 after June 2

Register Online
Or call (206)685-8033 to register over the phone!

Can't get much fresher than this!

Can’t get much fresher than this!


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Take a class this spring!

January 31st, 2013 by Jessica Farmer, Continuing Education Coordinator

The UW Botanic Gardens offers a variety of education programs for everyone, drawing on research and technical expertise from the UW and beyond to include lectures, courses, demonstrations, symposia, and tours. New classes are listed frequently. Please check out our full schedule.

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Pollination with Orchard Mason Bees
Instructor: Missy Anderson, aka Queen Bee, King County Master Gardener
Tuesday, February 19, 7-8:30pm
Fee: $10

Growing Up WILD
Instructor: Julie Luthy, Naturalist and Environmental Educator
Saturday, March 2, 9am-12pm
Fee: $60

Perennials: Simple Division
Instructor: Carrie Becker, co-author of Perennials: The Gardener’s Reference
Wednesday, March 13, 7-9pm and Saturday, March 16, 1-4pm
Fee: $50

Introduction to Conifer Identification
Instructor: Patrick Mulligan, Education Supervisor at the Washington Park Arboretum
Saturday, March 23, 10am-12pm
Fee: $45

Woody Landscape Plants of Seattle
Instructor: Katie Murphy, former Collections Manager of the Otis Douglas Hyde Herbarium
8-part series, March 27 – May 1
Fee: $180

Designing and Creating a Wildlife Habitat Garden
Instructor: Emily Bishton, Landscape Designer and Director of Magnuson Nature Programs
3-part series, April 4 – 11
Fee: $85

Creating a Child-Friendly Garden
Instructor: Emily Bishton, Landscape Designer and Director of Magnuson Nature Programs
3-part series, April 18 – 25
Fee: $85

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What the Cluck?!

December 11th, 2012 by Jessica Farmer, Continuing Education Coordinator

Making Sense of Keeping Chickens in the Home Garden
Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 7-9pm 
Instructor: Jessica Bloom, NW EcoLogical Landscapes

Free Range Chicken Gardens by Jessica Bloom

Photo courtesy of Jessica Bloom

If you have ever thought about keeping chickens or you have chickens but are baffled by common problems, this class is for you. Jessica Bloom, award-winning garden designer and author of Free Range Chicken Gardens, will teach
you how to integrate chickens into your life and backyard. Believe it or not, chickens can be trained like other pets!

Learn how to share your garden with your feathered egg-producing friends, how to design habitat, and about the
“Top 10″ must-have plants that you and your chicken will love. Chicken raising myth-busters and breeds will also be covered.

NHS Hall, Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st St, Seattle, WA 98105
Early registration $35; $40 after January 23
Register online, or call 206.685.8033

Copies of Free Range Chicken Gardens will be available for purchase from the instructor at the class. See Bloom’s website for more ideas!

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Master Pruner Series

November 2nd, 2012 by Tech Librarian, Tracy Mehlin

Master Pruner Series with Plant Amnesty

This series is designed for those who work in maintenance of residential and public landscapes.   Each lecture will provide information on techniques for quality pruning with better long term results and customer satisfaction.  Common plant types and landscape situations, as well as specialized pruning for roses, fruit trees, and vines will be covered. Print flyer.

Full class list and descriptions

Online registration

All classes held at the Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle.

COST:

Each 2-hour lecture

$30 General
$23 PlantAmnesty Member

All 12 lectures

$300 General
$234 PlantAmnesty Member

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Learn Autumn Perennial Care from Riz Reyes

October 11th, 2012 by UWBG Communication Staff

Autumn in the Soest Perennial Garden

When - Saturday, November 3, 2012, 10am – 12pm – Cancelled
Where - Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle, WA
Cost - $25; $30 after October 28th, registration required.


Join the Soest Garden gardener Riz Reyes for this hands-on workshop on fall perennial garden care. Walk the extensively planted beds and learn about which plants to cut back now, and which ones to leave until spring. Learn how to divide and transplant specific types of plants, and some tricks and techniques for maintenance practices that create visual appeal for the dormant season. Riz will also share his favorite “tried and true” selections for fall interest.

Participants should bring their own hand-pruners, gloves, and hori-hori soil knife, and dress for the weather.

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Take a Halloween walk in a cemetery

September 29th, 2012 by Tech Librarian, Tracy Mehlin

Ghosts and Goblins in a cemetery for Hallowe’en?

lichen on a tombstone photo by bert23.com

Why not consider lichens as an alternative?  Lichens are friendly and interesting organisms that love to grow on headstones and old trees.  Cemeteries can take on new meaning as a fun place to observe a symbiotic organism made up of a fungus and algae.  You will also learn about common lichens found in an urban environment and take home a user-friendly chart that lists lichens found in your neighborhood.

Always wondered about what lichens are and why they are found on your trees and Rhododendrons?  Lichens are harmless to your plants and add aesthetic value to trees and shrubs.  We can actually use them as indicators of air pollution!  Join Dr. Katherine Glew and the Center for Urban Horticulture on Saturday, October 27 to get a head start on learning lichens from your local cemetery.  You can enjoy Hallowe’en looking for lichens rather that scary witches and pumpkin heads.

Cost: $25; $30 after October 24.

 

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Cuba Tour Planned for Feb. 2013

September 7th, 2012 by Tech Librarian, Tracy Mehlin

In early 2012, UWBG led its first trip to Cuba. Director Sarah Reichard, the leader, blogged about the fascinating and sometimes perplexing world they encountered.
Cuba by Barbara Wright - iSustain We hope to do a similar trip in 2013, although it pending the renewal of our license to travel to Cuba. Because the license has expired, we cannot take deposits at this time, but if you are interested in being notified when the license is approved, please contact Sarah at reichard@uw.edu. The complete itinerary is available for review.

 

Mil Cumbres photo

Our guide leans against the very rare Microcycas calocoma


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Amazing Photos from Art in the Park Kids

July 31st, 2012 by Lisa Sanphillippo

We haven’t even begun our Digital Photo Contest (starts TOMORROW! August 1st), but thought we would share some of the photographs taken by the Art in the Park Campers here at the Arboretum.

These 4th – 6th graders are studying photography, art in nature – sculpting with natural objects, music, painting and using food to make art. Yesterday they took photos and learned a bit about Ansel Adams and today they learned a bit about Andy Goldsworthy and making art using natual objects.

We are so lucky to have these budding artists on our grounds. Here are some of their photos.

If you are between 4 and 16 – or know someone who is – don’t forget about our Digital Photo Contest starting tomorrow. For more information visit our calendar pages.

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